Warwickshire and former England batsman Jonathan Trott has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2018 domestic season, following an illustrious 17-year playing career that has seen him win all domestic trophies and 52 Test caps and 68 One-Day International caps for England.
Trott (37) initially trialled with the Bears in 2002, and soon signed his first professional contract after scoring an impressive 245 on debut for the second team. He followed this with a century in his First Class debut against Sussex in 2003, and he went on to play a leading role in Warwickshire’s County Championship triumph in 2004 by scoring 1,170 runs.
He made his England Test debut in the deciding game of the 2009 Ashes series, where his second innings century helped secure a memorable victory at The Oval. This was followed by Ashes wins in the 2010/11 series in Australia and the home series in 2013.
He’s a Bear through and through and knowing when to retire is never easy for any cricketer. However, it’s something that he has thought long and hard about.Ashley Giles
In 2011 Trott helped Andrew Strauss’ England team go top of the ICC Test Team Rankings, whilst he was also winner of the biggest player accolade in the international game by winning the Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year.
Ashley Giles, Sport Director of Warwickshire CCC, said: “Trotty will be remembered as one the greatest batsmen to have played for Warwickshire and England in the 21st century.
“He made an immediate impact upon arrival at Edgbaston by scoring such a high volume of runs, and he has gone on to be part of one most successful periods in the club’s history, with five major trophies won across all formats.
“At international level, he played a major role in one of the best England teams of the last 50 years; a team that went top of the world rankings, but which also won the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 25 years.
“He’s a Bear through and through and knowing when to retire is never easy for any cricketer. However, it’s something that he has thought long and hard about and, whilst we will miss his immense contributions on and off the field, we all support Trotty with his decision.
“It has been a huge pleasure to have played and worked alongside Trotty throughout his career and we wish him the very best in everything that he does.”
Jim Troughton, First Team Coach at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Trotty will leave behind a legacy to the Bears and English cricket.
“He can be extremely proud of his achievements at domestic and international level and I will always regard him as a great teammate, player and, most importantly, a good friend.”
To date, Trott has scored 17,750 First Class and made 44 centuries, with nine in Test matches for England. He has also scored 9,781 List A runs and he remains the Bears leading run scorer in T20 cricket with 1,911 runs.
Warwickshire CCC is a very special club and I’ve been immensely proud to have worn the Bear & Ragged Staff throughout my career.Jonathan Trott
Jonathan Trott said: “I’ve been fortunate to have enjoyed a great career with Warwickshire and England and I am very grateful for all of the support that I have received from my fellow players, coaches and management who I have worked with.
“Choosing to retire at the end of the season is something that I have spoken about at length with my family and this is now the right time to look at the next chapter of my career.
“Warwickshire CCC is a very special club and I’ve been immensely proud to have worn the Bear & Ragged Staff throughout my career. We’ve made a strong start to the 2018 season and I hope that I can make a major contribution to more success in my final year at Edgbaston as a player.”